A jetliner blows its tires as it emergency lands in a middle-of-nowhere kind of small Nevada town. Through crippled, by dawn it's completely gone, and the pilot on guard duty dead. Banacek flies out ...
Sam McCloud is a Marshal from a Taos, New Mexico, who takes a temporary assignment in the New York City Police. His keen sense of detail and detecting subtle clues, learned from his experience, enable him to nab unsuspecting criminals despite his unbelieving boss.
Thomas Banacek is a clever and well-to-do insurance investigator living in Boston. He makes good money by solving the most intricate and unusual mysteries, and is very proud of his Polish heritage. His contacts include his street-smart chauffeur Jay and British bookstore owner Felix. Written by
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Peppard originally signed to star in a weekly hour series, but NBC instead chose to make "Banacek" a 90-minute show that would alternate with two other series on NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie. Peppard's contract was not modified, however, leaving him free to leave the series after two seasons to pursue other projects. See more »
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George Peppard plays the title role in this series of Thomas Banacek, a
street smart detective who works on retainer for insurance companies.
He's the furthest thing from Jim Rockford who scrounges for work. No,
Banacek is well paid for his cases.
He also has an old time petty crook played by Ralph Manza as a
chauffeur and the tweedy and very British Murray Matheson to do his
research. I'm sure they're well compensated also.
Peppard's character was interesting and intelligent and favored Agatha
Christie like gathering of the suspects when all will be revealed when
he solves a case. The show was more of a how it was done rather than a
whodunit. With Banacek it was always the 'how'.
Ironically this limited series as it shared the NBC Mystery Movie time
slot with three others only had a two season run and 17 episodes. I
found it better than the A Team. But that show is what most remember
George Peppard for.
Ironic, isn't it.
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